Costentin Cornomorus wrote: >--- Joe <[log in to unmask]> scrievit an scraulit: > > > >>But some dialects of English have >>characteristics borrowed(or of common >>descent) from Scots, so even a monoglot speaker >>of Scottish English, or >>maybe even Northern English, could understand >>Scots fairly well. >> >> > >Which is why I also specified "American", even >though many Merkins are descended from Scots >speakers. Problem here is "English" is so broad a >term as to be practically useless. > > Indeed. The distinction between languages and dialects is a false dichotomy anyway, so it's rather pointless arguing. Can we say that Scots is at the far end of a dialect continuum of some kind?